Lee Chong Wei gained his revenge on Lin Dan on what claimed would be his “second to last” visit to the All England’s before he plans to retire but the big winners on finals day were the Chinese as they claimed three titles.
Lee Chong Wei didn’t drop a game all week on his route to defending his All England title but was given his biggest test by his long-term rival in Lin Dan however the top seeded Malaysian came through in two games to win the men’s singles by the scoreline of 21-17, 21-17 in 52 minutes.
There was a trio of Chinese success, starting with Wang Shixian in the women’s singles as she took her first All England title, defeating Eriko Hirose of Japan in a tight two game match which the top seeded Chinese player won 24-22, 21-18 in 55 minutes to claim her second Super Series title of 2011 and her first Premier triumph. Wang and Yu were at their awesome best in a stunning display in the women’s doubles final against the world #9 pair of Fujii and Kakiiwa, the 3rd seeded took the opening game 21-2 in just 9 minutes and completed their demolition with a 21-9 scoreline in the second to claim their first All England as a partnership. Wang Xiaoli’s previous partner Ma Jin also claimed the mixed doubles title with new partner Xu Chen over the 3rd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in another one-sided final that the Chinese pair won 21-13, 21-9.
There was some European success as the Danish top seeds of Boe and Mogensen claimed the men’s doubles title, 12 months after having four match points in last year’s final to win it. They defeated Malaysia’s Koo and Tan in a three game match, coming back from a being a game down to win 15-21, 21-18, 21-18 in 62 minutes to claim their first All England title.
All England Final Results
The recent decision from the Chinese to try out new partnerships has caused havoc throughout the three doubles events, leading to some of the top players in the world going into tournaments unseeded. Yu and Wang in the women’s doubles are used to being seeded in the top 3 of the event but fine themselves in the lottery of the unseeded players in who they match up with in the opening round.
The men’s singles does offer some sense of normality, with all of the 7 seeds progressing into the second round. Lin Dan safely disposed of Jan O Jorgensen in the opening round in two games, whilst 6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana narrowed scraped through against Chinese qualifier Wen Kai in three games. Lee Chong Wei and Chen Jin are still on route to meet in the last 8, with both coming through their first round matches in two games. Taufik Hidayat is also through to round 2 after an impressive win over Du Pengyu in his first match of the week.
The ladies singles was also a similar story, with all the seeds progressing except the 8th seed Ella Diehl who suffered her second opening round defeat in two weeks, this time losing out to Inthanon Ratchanok of Indonesia in three games. The fall of last year’s world champion Lu Lan has never been more evident than over the past two weeks, losing to Inthanon Ratchanok in China last week and this week a first round exit to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in two games, who will now take on top seed Wang Xin in the second round. Saina Nehwal returned to Super Series action with a comfortable two game win and will have a much harder test in Round 2 against Salakjit Ponsana.
Lee and Fang, seeded 4 crashed out to the 2005 world champions, Bach and Gunawan in their opening round matchup in two games but were not the only seed to crash out in the opening round. Another Chinese Taipei pair, Chen and Lin also lost in the first round. Chai and Guo of China defeating the 8th seeds in two games to book their place in the second round. There was little trouble for the top seeds in the men’s doubles, #1 seeds Koo and Tan progressed easily with a two game victory and the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan joined the top seeds in the second round with their own two game victory.
Only 6 seeds progressed in the women’s singles, with the 8th seeded Ha and Jung as well as 7th seeded Zhang and Zhang crashed out in the first round. The match of the day tomorrow will undoubtably be the second round match between Zhao and Cheng who take on the unseeded Chinese pair of Wang and Yu as this match could easily be a matchup in a final in 2011 should the two partnerships stick together into next year.
Half of the seeds in the mixed doubles lost in their opening round matchups, some due to new Chinese partnerships whilst others were disappointing performances from the higher ranked partnership. 4th seeded Robertson and Wallwork crashed out to Yoo and Kim of Korea in three games, 7th seeded Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon of Thailand lost out to the new Chinese pairing of Xu and Yu in a tight three game match. 3rd seeded Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol were defeated in impressive fashion by He and Ma of Chinese and the 2nd seeded Marissa and Gunawan lost to Malaysians Chan and Goh in three games. The top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba take on last weeks winning pair Jiaming and Tian in their second round match to test their title credentials tomorrow.
The all-conquering Chinese stormed into all five finals, three of being all-Chinese finals with only Taufik Hidayat as well as the partnership of Koo and Tan in the doubles breaking up the Chinese monopoly.
The mixed doubles final was the first meeting between Zheng and Ma, the 8th seed against the 6th seed He and Yu in the first of the all-Chinese finals. The match went in the favour of Zheng and Ma from the start, only giving up the lead in the middle part of first game at 10-11 before winning 11 of the next 14 points to take the opening game 21-14. The second game was more of the same dominating play from the 8th seeds as they pulled out an early 7-2 advantage and took the second game and their first world title, winning the match 21-14, 21-10.
Taufik Hidayat entered the final in a superb run of form after his quarter final win over Lee Chong Wei and semi final against Park Sung Hwan. His opponent was also in excellent form after his three-game win over Peter Gade in the semi final. The match promised a lot but it was a one-sided encounter that was dominated by the Chinese player. Hidayat failed to even take a lead in the final, with Chen Jin winning 21-15, 21-13.
The second all-Chinese final was in the women’s singles as Wang Lin took on Wang Xin and unlike the previous two finals, it was a highly competitive encounter that went all the way to a third and final game. Wang Lin took the initiative in the final game and after a tight opening to the third game that seen her 8-10 down, she reeled off 5 points in a row to take a lead that she would never give up to win her first world title, taking the match 21-11, 19-21, 21-13 in 58 minutes.
Yu Yang had her chance for revenge after her mixed doubles defeat over Ma Jin in the women’s doubles final and duely delivered with the most one-sided of the matches on finals day in Paris. The 21-9, 21-17 victory was a 39 minute encounter and was the third win in a row for Yu and Du over their Chinese team-mates.
Cai and Fu usually always deliver an memorable final such as last year, this year they took on the top seeded Koo and Tan of Malaysia for a chance of a clean sweep of titles for China. They lost their opening game to the top seeded Malaysians, only to fight back to take it into another deciding game like the 2009 final. There was no repeat of the 2009 final as the 5th seeds dominated the 3rd game to retain their world championship and complete the Chinese sweep as well as five wins for the lower seed in the matches played today.